BOMBERS' URBANEC JOINS EXCLUSIVE 300-POINT CLUB
The Long Beach Bombers would like to congratulate veteran forward, Tomáš Urbanec on becoming just the 7th player in Western States Hockey League history to surpass the 300-point plateau! The Zlín, Czech Republic native posted a 6-point night, in the team’s final regular season game, which has him sitting at 302 career points, as Long Beach awaits its Thorne Cup Playoffs Divisional Semi-Finals opponent. His 3G-3A performance also made him the first player in Bombers history to record 40+ goals in multiple seasons.
If Urbanec stays on-pace, through the playoffs, he should be able to surpass Michael Nolan (310 career points) for 6th All-Time. With 373 career points, Jakob Kranabetter is the current All-Time leader, trailed by Cody Key, Tomáš Nemeth (former Long Beach Bomber), Matuš Spodniak, Peter Cicmanec, and the aforementioned Nolan. Urbanec currently has 136 career goals, and could realistically move into 4th-place All-Time, if he manages to score 5 goals in the Thorne Cup Playoffs. Vitali Mikhailov, of the Oklahoma City Blazers, is the only active WSHLer with more career goals than Urbanec (140). The All-Time record holder is Spodniak, with 152. Urbanec needs just 2 goals to surpass Key, to move into the Top-5.
The franchise’s career leader in Goals, Assists, and Points had 7G-8A-15Pts in the Bombers’ four-game weekend, March 7-10. That output is tied for the most points in a four-game stretch, over the course of Urbanec’s entire 215-game career (March 3-10, 2018). The Squad will certainly be hoping #24’s hot streak will continue into the 2019 Thorne Cup Playoffs. The sniper surprisingly has only three hat-tricks in his career, but two of those have come in the last two weekends. In their first three games played together, Urbanec and fellow winger Gennady Malaschenko, have combined for 12 Goals and 26 Points.
Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “This is a very special milestone for a very special player. Tomáš has rewritten the franchise record books, and this is just another notch in his belt. We are very proud of his development, longevity, and future potential. There is not much left for him to do, in this league. It’s amazing to think he still has one more year of junior eligibility. He broke into the league at the age of 15, and really only has two accomplishments left to earn: becoming the All-Time Points Leader, and winning a Thorne Cup. One of those, is just a matter of what he chooses to do, next season. The other is much more difficult; but he is playing his best hockey of the season, right now. We will be counting on him, and his experience, to lead the way, through the playoff gauntlet. Hockey is a team sport, and there are dozens of players that have helped Tomáš reach this milestone. His work ethic, determination, and skill are all huge factors, as well. We’re very happy for him, but we hope the best is yet to come."